Domaine Jean Marc & Hugues Pavelot Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru "Aux Guettes" 2005

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I may have forced this open a little early, but I was looking for a mid-weight Burgundy to go with a particular cheese. Anyhow, this premier cru comes from an area of the Beaune that is known for lighter bodied, but good value pinots. I believe there are no Grand Cru vineyards in Savigny-les-Beaune, and that they lack the muscle of other premier crus. However, they come in at a far better price. Pavelot is a quality producer that I think has a fabulous sense of ‘terroir’.

The nose on this was all strawberry and rhubarb pie with a hint of candied cherry or cherry jam. It was very pretty, which I like and hope for from good Pinot. The palate was savory with earth, thyme, strong flavours of Rhubarb stalk, and strawberry. The finish took the Rhubarb stalk further and added a nice earthy and slightly metalic component. This may be a bit stemmy and astringent right now, but it tastes nice and I think has good potential for the mid-term. Not a long haul wine, but the textural smoothness and fullness in the mouth promises more in the future. Right now, again, probably too young.

Very Good to Very Good+
$63 at Marquis


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